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The home where a missing woman was allegedly kept half-naked in a cage by two men was set ablaze as her kidnappers sat in jail awaiting trial.
James Phelps, 58, and Timothy Norton, 56, have been accused of holding 33-year-old Cassidy Rainwater captive after she vanished in late July and was reported missing on August 25.
Phelps was arrested on September 16 after investigators found seven photos on his phone showing Cassidy partially nude and being held in a cage at his Moon Valley Road residence in Lebanon, Missouri, the US, court documents claim.
Police arrested Norton, an over-the-road trucker, four days later after he claimed to have helped Phelps restrain the victim.
It has been reported that the last known person that was believed to have seen missing Cassidy was Phelps – who was first questioned by police at his home in Lebanon on September 1.
He told the investigator that he had been letting her stay with him until she could get back on her feet and relocate to Colorado, reports the New York Post.
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He claimed that she left his home in the middle of the night around a month before and met someone in a vehicle at the end of his driveway.
Investigators obtained a search warrant for Phelps' phone and claim to have discovered photos of Cassidy being held captive.
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But detectives noticed the property appeared to have been "stripped" and that there was nothing that belonged to Cassidy inside the home.
As both men sit in jail awaiting trial on Monday, the house of horrors burst into flames.
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Orange flames and clouds of thick smoke were seen in footage taken by witnesses from the rural path up to Phelps' wooden home.
Emergency crews arrived to tackle the blaze.
Springfield Fire Department's bomb squad was also deployed to the scene after authorities discovered a possible tripwire and detonated an explosive device, KOLR 10 reports.
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The fire continued to rage and by Tuesday morning, the property has been completely turned to wood and ash.
The Division of Fire Safety is currently investigating the cause of the fire but have not yet said if it was arson or accidental.
The sheriff's office declined to comment on how the fire might impact the ongoing investigation into the 33-year-old's disappearance.
The pair have both been charged with kidnapping, facilitating a felony, inflicting injury and terrorizing, court records show.
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